Chelsea Boss Frank Lampard on Selection Luxury He Has at Winger

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It will be very interesting to see what Chelsea FC manager Frank Lampard does with his first team selection tomorrow night. Will it be a 4-3-3 or a 3-4-3 formation at Ajax in UEFA Champions League group stage competition? Who starts in the wings and midfield when the Blues take to the pitch in Amsterdam?

What about youngsters Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic, who made major contributions in the weekend win over Newcastle United- will those strong performances earn them a starting XI nod here?

Much has been made of the struggles, Pulisic, a major money investment in 2019, has had getting into the team regularly. In addition to the two aforementioned players, Lampard also has the experience of Willian and Pedro to call upon. It’s a very good problem to have as a manager.

And it makes the competition for playing time all the more fiercer among the players.

“Callum gave me that in his display from the start and Christian gave me that in his display coming on, and in terms of the wingers I have, Willian gave me that, Pedro gives me that so I have good selection problems when people come on and make a difference,” Lampard said on Tuesday.

“That is what we are all about.”

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“The extra level that is the Champions League, the detail, the focus, concentration for 90 minutes, making the most of tiny moments, will be a test for all the young players, not just Callum.”

Chelsea FC vs Ajax FYIs

Kickoff: Oct. 23, 5:55pm Amsterdam Arena

Chelsea starting XI prediction: go to this link

Team news for both sides: go to this link

Form Guide: Chelsea WD  Ajax WW

Referee: Ovidiu Hategan

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Google’s result probability: 32% Chelsea FC win, 27% Draw, 41% Ajax victory

Prediction: Chelsea FC 2, Ajax 0

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